Three hundred fifty women were followed all of whom had some sort of history of gestational diabetes. These women were compared along with 1,416 women who did not experience any kind of diabetes during their pregnancy. The women who had gestational diabetes were given one of three treatments:
1. Intensive exercise regimen and diet program
2. Diabetes medication in the form of Metformin
According to Reuters.com the results showed that Metformin reduced the risk of post pregnancy diabetes by forty percent. The lifestyle changes lowered the risk by 35 percent. Women who had gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later on in life even many years down the road. Because of this is it is imperative to follow some sort of preventative program that could potentially help reduce the risk of diabetes or at least prolong the development until much later on in life.